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Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

ATLANTA -- Counties and cities across Georgia will participate in a statewide tornado drill.

The drill is scheduled for Wednesday about 9 a.m. by the National Weather Service. A special test message will be issued on NOAA weather radio and some counties and cities will sound their tornado sirens as part of the drill.

The event is part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Georgia where state officials are encouraging families to develop emergency plans and buy a NOAA weather radio to receive alerts.

In the event of bad weather Wednesday, the drill will be moved to Friday.

Superintendent names 2012 AP Access & Support Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP Access & Support Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP Access & Support Schools are schools with at least 30 percent of AP exams taken by African-American and/or Hispanic students, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP Access & Support Schools are:

Athens-Clarke County
* Cedar Shoals High

Court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

Court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has rejected arguments from a former counselor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who claims her religious rights were violated because she was fired for refusing to counsel a gay woman.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision to dismiss Marcia Walden's lawsuit against the CDC.

Walden was a contractor who worked for the CDC in 2007 when a woman came to her for advice involving a same-sex relationship. She was let go after she told the woman she couldn't help because her "personal values" as a devout Christian prevented her from offering any assistance.

Walden said her firing was a result of religious discrimination, but the three-judge panel said it was not persuaded by her arguments.

'Best value' colleges: Some have high price tags

(USA TODAY) -- The latest list of America's "best value" colleges includes several with the highest sticker prices in the nation, according to a new ranking released Monday.

Among the schools with large tuitions that are nonetheless considered top-value colleges are Williams and Swarthmore, according to the Princeton Review's annual list of best value schools. The list is considered a guide for prospective college applicants to seek out the best value for their money.

Five Georgia schools made the list in 2012: Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia and Wesleyan College.

"We're very quick to say it can't just be a low sticker price," Best Value Colleges lead author Robert Franek says. "The commitment has to be much deeper than that."

Get your someone special a Valentine's Day pet

DECATUR -- Want to surprise your special someone with a furry friend for Valentine's Day? DeKalb County Animal Services is making it easy for you. 

Animal Services is offering a Valentines Adoption special starting on Tuesday, February 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and ending on Saturday, February 18. 

Adoptions are $60 and they include spaying/neutering, vaccines, de-worming and feline vaccinations. 

For more information, contact DeKalb County Animal Services at (404) 294-3088. 

'Get Married This Year' author to host workshop, book signing

'Get Married This Year' author to host workshop, book signing

ATLANTA -- Forget waiting for Mr. Right -- you can go out and find "The One" yourself.

That's what Dr. Janet Page believes, anyway. The Atlanta-based relationship expert is the author of Get Married This Year: 365 Days to "I Do," which condenses the very best of her dating class into one book.

Dr. Page, who taught the acclaimed Emory University dating class for 22 years, will bring her expert knowledge to a workshop and book signing at the Buckhead Theatre at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Get Married This Year begins with a chapter on Knowing Yourself, and goes on to cover How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy, Stress Proof Your Dating Life, Get the Right Attitude, Be a Smart Shopper and Keeping Love Alive.

Dr. Page says she can give women the blueprint they need to take charge of their love lives and find everlasting love -- all in 12 months or less.